MachineBuilding.net Technical Articles Index
The top five things that cause inverter failure
Jonathan Wilkins of European Automation, a supplier of spare parts for industrial automation components, outlines the top five causes of inverter failures.
How do I get the perfect finish on stainless steel?
Nigel Willcock, Technical Sevice Engineer at 3M Abrasive Systems Division, discusses the use of Metal Finishing Products to achieve the desired finish for stainless steel
How to use modern standstill monitors to maximise productivity
Once a risk assessment has indicated that certain safety features need to be incorporated, it makes sense to investigate which technologies can facilitate compliance. Paul Considine of Wieland Electric explains how the latest generation of standstill monitors can facilitate compliance while helping to maximise productivity.
Motor and drive efficiency: a joint approach for better results
Efficiency, reliability and total cost of ownership are all terms that are at the forefront of engineering considerations; however, looking at items of equipment on an individual basis may not deliver the maximum benefits. By looking at the wider picture and combining the best technology from individual areas it is possible to achieve much more significant savings and efficiencies. Markus Kutny, Product Manager, Energy Efficiency Solutions at Bauer Gear Motor, explains.
Securing automation systems: a step-by-step approach
The big problem when it comes to security for automation systems: there are no simple solutions. This makes it all the more helpful when communication technology experts from organisations like PROFIBUS & PROFINET International (PI) give users a hand by providing guidelines. PI also offers specific tests for testing and improving the robustness of devices to withstand denial-of-service attacks, for example.
Ensuring constant availabilty of onboard CCTV and WiFi services
For onboard rail applications, ensuring maximum availability of security and surveillance systems, as well as passenger Infotainment services, is critical. The cost-effective deployment, operation and maintenance of such systems are equally important, says Santos Muro, business development manager at Korenix UK.
The questions to ask when specifying an electrical enclosure
Engineers cannot be experts at everything, so they often bring in specialists to help out. And asking the right questions will help ensure a successful outcome to each project. Here, Chris Lloyd, Managing Director of Spelsberg UK identifies the key things to consider about electrical enclosures.
Servo users should not be seduced by power density alone
Servomotors are high-performance devices and represent all that is best in motor technology. Many engineers will feel a natural inclination to specify, top-of-the-range servos, every time, but clearly performance comes at a price. Gerard Bush of motion control specialist INMOCO offers some thoughts on how to select the optimum servomotor for a given application and how the technology will develop in future.